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Seoul receiving recommendations for honorary citizenship

All Headlines 10:25 July 02, 2018

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- The Seoul city government is receiving recommendations to confer honorary citizenship on foreign nationals who have contributed to the capital's development, officials said Monday.

"Recommendations will be accepted by July 27, and an awards ceremony will be held in November," they said.

Candidates are foreign residents or guests who have contributed to Seoul's development, or participated in exemplary social activities. Candidate foreign residents must have lived in the city for three consecutive years or over five years in total.

The heads of public and civic organizations, as well as a group of more than 30 Seoul citizens, are eligible to make recommendations, according to the officials.

A total of 797 foreigners from 94 countries have so far been granted honorary citizenship since the system was launched in 1958, they said.

Notable recipients include IOC President Thomas Bach, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan and Guus Hiddink, who coached the South Korean squad at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.

IOC President Thomas Bach (L) poses for a photo with Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon after receiving an honorary citizenship certificate at the Seoul City Hall on March 8, 2018, in this file photo. (Yonhap)

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